NCSAM Week 1: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

Cyber Safety Starts at Home! Help make your home a safe digital haven by protecting networks, devices and online lives with these tips!

  1. Keep a Clean Machine: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threat. Remember, mobile phones and tablets need updating too!
  2. Secure your Wi-Fi Router: Set a strong passphrase (the longer the better) for your Wi-Fi network. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember. Name your network in a way that doesn’t let people know it’s your house.
  3. Share with Care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see if and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
  4. Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
  5. Lock Down Your Login: Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank, and social media. Improve account security by enabling strong authentication tools such as biometrics or unique one-time codes.
  6. Personal Information is like Money. Value it. Protect it: Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, have value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.


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